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Singapore Airways Enterprise Class to Seoul and Vietnam Airways Enterprise Class Seoul to Singapore in 2019

The yr was 2019. (Pre-COVID). We took a household vacation to Seoul, South Korea! Listed here are hyperlinks to the flight movies.

[Flight Review] Singapore Airways SQ 602 Boeing 787-10 Enterprise Class SG to Seoul Wonderful Flight

We fly Singapore Airways on their Regional Enterprise Class, Boeing 787-10 for the primary time this November! Very thrilling. Singapore Airways was first to fly the Boeing 787-10 and had been progressively taking supply of those new birds, and retiring their older Boeing 777-200 fleet.

The brand new regional enterprise class is a large enchancment over the earlier. They now supply a 1-2-1 configuration, absolutely lie-flat mattress, in comparison with the earlier 2-2-2 regional enterprise class product with an angled mattress. The design and really feel is similar to the long-haul enterprise class product, besides that the seat is not as extensive. Nevertheless, one benefit of the regional seat is that the seat can flip into a totally flat and straight mattress on the contact of the console button. The long-haul plane require you to manually convert the seat to a mattress, which could be a bit awkward and tiresome in the event you did not know tips on how to do it.

We obtained glorious service on board. I figured that the beautiful Singapore Lady serving my aisle was a Korean girl, as a result of her accent. She was in a inexperienced kebaya, representing her seniority. In fact, she spoke glorious english too. This flight, SQ 602, departed Singapore at 1445hrs and was scheduled to land in Seoul at 2200hrs. Given this mid afternoon departure, we had been questioning what meal can be served on board. Turned out that lunch can be served, however they began the meal service at 1630hrs as an alternative of instantly after takeoff. They should have finished this to make the meal nearer to meal time, on condition that it’s fairly apparent passengers would have taken their lunch earlier than boarding the plane at 1445hrs. Which then made me surprise, why name this meal lunch as an alternative of dinner?

Anyway, it did not matter. I had a really pleasant meal on board (minus the satay, which was not served on this flight). Upon boarding, I took the welcome drink of champagne. Shortly after takeoff, the submit take off drink was served – I had opted for the Singapore Sling, which I all the time do on SQ. A small bowl of nuts was additionally given. I loved them whereas watching some film.

Lunch service was leisurely and unhurried. The primary course was some sort of prawn. Then I bought my Lobster Thermidor (which I had used the Guide the Prepare dinner Service). Oh, for this flight I had simply found that you can see the onboard lunch menu some days earlier than the precise flight and even make your choice earlier than the precise flight. I discover this very helpful as a result of I had all the time needed to know upfront what was the onboard catering earlier than I made a decision whether or not to make use of Guide the Prepare dinner. So this time spherical, I did not actually take care of any of the 4 decisions for the onboard catering, so I ‘Booked the Prepare dinner”!

Previous to the flight, we spent a while on the SilverKris Lounge Enterprise Class part at Changi Airport.

Getting back from Seoul, we flew on Vietnam Airways in Enterprise Class. This flight was in 2 legs. However earlier than that, we spent a while within the airport lounge at Incheon.

As soon as contained in the restricted space, we made our technique to the KAL Lounge, because the CHeck-in counter girl had advised us. The lounge is BEFORE the practice experience to the Concourse, the place our plane was (Gate 111), so it’s important to use the lounge and issue sufficient time to get to the airplane since you nonetheless must take a practice to get there.

I learn from the web that this KAL lounge (situated in addition to the Starbucks) was new, opened in June 2019. The signages weren’t nice and we could not discover it at first, till we requested a member of employees who advised us in a deep Korean accent that it was ‘in addition to Starbooks’.

KAL Lounge Incheon Terminal 1 SkyTeam Lounge Vietnam Airways

VN 409 Boeing 787-10 Vietnam Airways Dreamliner Enterprise Class Flight Evaluate Seoul to Ho Chi Minh

We had been in Seoul for a vacation, and right this moment we start our journey again to Singapore on Vietnam Airways, from Seoul to Ho Chi Minh after which onward to Singapore. We arrived at Incheon Airport, Seoul, in good time early within the morning. We needed to get our tax refund, and after that, check-in was easy although even at the moment (round 0745hrs) the road to clear safety was fairly lengthy.

After clearing safety and immigration, we reached the restricted space of Incheon Airport, which was giant and fairly crowded. Signages weren’t good and we could not discover the KAL Lounge (which we had been advised by the test in girl that it was earlier than the practice experience to the Concourse), so we requested a member of employees and was advised it was beside ‘Starbooks’. Right here is the assessment of the KAL Lounge, which was newly opened in June 2019. After getting some breakfast, we made our technique to the concourse (needed to experience a practice) and bought to Gate 111 in good time. Boarding hadn’t began but after we bought there, so we waited for bit.

As soon as boarded began, we bought on board shortly and discovered seats. I had a window seat right this moment. The plane used was a fairly new Vietnam Airways Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner. Enterprise class was in a reverse herringbone, 1-2-1 configuration.

Total, service onboard was excellent. Although the flight was not very lengthy (flight time beneath 5 hours), it felt like a long-haul flight with a pleasant amenity equipment, pillow and blanket. Welcome drink, I selected champagne. After take off, meal service started.

It began with Amuse Boche, and once more I selected champagne for my drink.

For the primary meal, they’d run out of the Western type appetizer, so I had no selection however to take the Korean-style appetizer, which was effective with me because it was fascinating to have a look at and the style was good. For the primary, I selected the Asian type Beef rib with rice. The meat got here in slices, which suited me effective. The style was good, and the meat was tender sufficient.

After the primary, there was dessert (ice-cream) and in addition cheese. The stewardess additionally got here round with a tray of sliced fruit, which I selected a couple of. Total, it was a beautiful meal, and I loved it whereas watching a film on the leisure system.

Submit-meal, I transformed the seat right into a lie-flat mattress, and managed to get about 2 hours of sleep earlier than it was time to land.

Lotus Lounge Ho Chi Minh Saigon Vietnam Airways Enterprise Class

Vietnam Airways, Lotus Lounge, Saigon. We fly on Vietnam Airways Enterprise class, from Seoul to SGN, en-route to Singapore. We landed in SGN within the early afternoon, and our flight to Singapore would depart at 1615hrs. So we had a few hours within the Lotus Lounge.

The meals choices had been fairly good. Loads of sizzling meals decisions, together with native Vietnamese dishes, noodle soup plus porridge. Additionally loads of reduce fruits, and a few desserts. I did not attempt the Vietnamese espresso although. We weren’t that hungry, since we had a superb meal onboard Vietnam Airways Enterprise Class (Seoul to SGN leg), however we nonetheless managed to eat some gentle meals and desserts.

[Flight Review] Vietnam Airways Airbus A350 Enterprise Class SGN Ho Chi Minh to Singapore

We fly on Vietnam Airways! This was the second leg of our flight, from SGN Ho Chi Minh again to Singapore. Earlier within the day, we flew from Seoul to Ho Chi Minh.

This leg was brief, solely about 1.5 hr flight time. The expertise was good. We flew on a long-haul plane, the Airbus A350-900. This plane is used for VN’s long-haul routes, together with Vietnam to Paris. Enterprise class was in a 1-2-1 configuration, reverse herringbone, absolutely flat mattress.

A considerable meal was served regardless that the flight was brief. Your entire meal got here in a single tray, which was effective given such a brief flight. I selected the fish with rice. You possibly can see from the video that the meal was very good. The principle dish was accompanied by a bowl of crunchy salad and a big chunks of recent fruit. They even had a bread basket, the place I selected the garlic bread. The meal was nice with a glass of white wine.

I loved my meal at a leisurely tempo and was by no means rushed. After I completed my meal, there wasn’t a lot time left on the flight and the airplane landed easily at Singapore Changi Airport. Vietnam Airways makes use of Terminal 4.

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